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Aerobic Activity

Posted by terrepruitt on October 6, 2009

I always say that people need to find an exercise they like and do it.  This is really important because if you like it, you are more likely to do it consistently.  Hopefully your favorite exercise is aerobic.  If it is not, and you are interested in being healthy, then you have to buck up and do something aerobic anyway, whether you like it or not.  The heart is a muscle and it needs exercise just like all of our other muscles.  Our respiratory system benefits from aerobic exercise.

From the American Heart Association website:

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the No. 1 killer in America.
  • Lack of physical activity is a risk factor for coronary heart disease.

An aerobic activity or what is now being called “cardio” is required for cardiorespiratory fitness.  Cardiorespiratory fitness is the most important factor when it comes to living a long and high quality life.  How well your lungs and heart function affects everything you do.  The better your lungs and heart are at getting oxygen rich blood to the parts of your body that need it, the better you will feel and be able to move.

And according to Science News:

  • Persons with higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness have a lower risk of all-cause death

And this post kind of ties in with my previous 30 Minutes Per Day post, but I am trying to emphasize getting your heart pumping. I also wanted to point out that doing so — getting your heart pumping — does not require jumping or impact of any kind.  You can get your heart rate up by just bending down at the knees and coming back up fast enough and long enough to get your heart working.  Impact is not required, but intensity is.

A lot of people don’t like to do “cardio” because it is boring or uncomfortable, but it does not have to be . . . again . . . find something you like.  There is all kinds of stuff out there.  If you are reading this and are wanting something new or different to try in the area of cardio and you want some ideas, contact me and we can do some brainstorming.  There is something out there that you will love.

4 Responses to “Aerobic Activity”

  1. You are too funny Terre. I shall await more on your Aerobics blog!!!

    I “heart” you, too!!! (since your blog is about the heart!)

    Jill

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    • For those who might be following this “conversation”:

      Originally, my blog post showed:

      Cardiovascular Fitness

      We do “cardio” to exercise our heart. The heart is a muscle and it needs exercise just like all of our other muscles.

      http:/ /en.wikipedia .org/wiki/Aerobics

      I have to get back to this so hold on, my faithful reader (yeah, I am basically talking to you, Jill—MUAH. I love you even though I have never met you.)

      Hence Jill’s reply above, I have since updated/completed my post.

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  2. […] All of these things can get your heart rate going without impact on the body.  It is a matter of intesity.  That’s what non-impact cardio is; getting your heart rate up with the level of intensity.   With the aforementioned exercises eight of them involve your legs, four of them involve your arms AND legs.  One of them doesn’t involve legs at all.  Intesity–enough to bring the heart rate up–can be done by moving your arms only.  So, this is just a reminder, using exercises that most of us are familiar with, that you CAN have a cardio workout without the impact.  So if you have knees that prefer not to jump, tender feet, or delicate ankles you can still find something to do that is a cardiovascular workout. […]

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  3. […] exercise so it is GREAT to do it three times a week. It is recommended to participate in a form of cardio exercise at least three times a week to maintain heart health. Depending upon your individual needs and […]

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